Anime Underground The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time  

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For this poll we're ranking the nerdiest anime characters of all time, but don't be surprised to see some entries that might be controversial. The words nerd or geek are kind of convoluted these days, but traditionally they describe someone who studies a lot, is intelligent, and maybe has some awkward tendencies. Some of the geeky anime characters on this list are nerdy because of their hobbies, like how Cowboy Bebop's Ed is a brilliant hacker that spends a lot of time online. Others like Light Yagami may be handsome or smooth with the ladies, but still get perfect grades in school and appear to be outwardly nerdy.

You can add any anime nerd characters to the list if they're not already here, so please contribute some of your favorites. Don't forget to check out the best anime characters with glasses too, where you'll probably see some of the same characters.

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L is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
L Death Note, Death Note, Death Note: The Last Name

2
444 107
Zoe Hange is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time

3
385 126
Armin Arlelt is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time

4
332 102
Levy McGarden is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Levy McGarden

5
433 205
Light Yagami is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Light Yagami Death Note, Death Note: Re-light: L's Successors, Death Note

6
331 123
Yukio Okumura is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Yukio Okumura Blue Exorcist, Blue Exorcist

7
342 140
Shikamaru Nara is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Shikamaru Nara Naruto, Naruto Shippuden the Movie, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

8
289 137
Bulma is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
liamsimpson added Bulma Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball

9
342 136
Edward Elric is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Edward Elric FullMetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist

10
250 107
Uryū Ishida is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Uryū Ishida Bleach, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion, Bleach: Memories of Nobody

11
281 133
Near is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Near Death Note

12
231 99
Ken Kaneki is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Jasmine Saghafifar added Ken Kaneki

13
297 90
Kyoya Ootori is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Kyoya Ootori Ouran High School Host Club, Ouran High School Host Club

14
212 93
Lelouch Lamperouge is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Lelouch Lamperouge Code Geass

These Disney Princess Were Absolutely Terrible Role Models

15
230 89
Ed is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Ed Cowboy Bebop

16
173 82
Conan Edogawa is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Conan Edogawa Case Closed: Private Eye in the Distant Sea

17
192 104
Gohan (adult) is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
liamsimpson added Gohan (adult)

18
177 114
Shino Aburame is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Shino Aburame Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

19
181 102
Kabuto Yakushi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Kabuto Yakushi Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

20
214 109
Kakashi Hatake is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Kakashi Hatake Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom

21
157 88
Dr. Briefs is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
liamsimpson added Dr. Briefs Dragon Ball Z, Plan to Destroy the Saiya-jin, Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan

The Best Flavors of M&Ms

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191 83
Sailor Mercury is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Sailor Mercury Sailor Moon, Sailor Moon Super S: The Movie, Sailor Moon R the Movie: Promise of the Rose

23
135 72
Izzy Izumi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Izzy Izumi Digimon Adventure

24
151 119
Trunks is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
liamsimpson added Trunks Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn, Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan

25
93 61
Makise Kurisu is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Makise Kurisu

26
119 96
Miles
Miles "Tails" Prower Sonic X, Sonic the Hedgehog, Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog

27
127 59
Shinra Kishitani is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Shinra Kishitani Durarara!!

28
69 64
Houka Inumuta is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Gea Loro added Houka Inumuta Kill la Kill

All Members of House Lannister

29
133 106
Tōshirō Hitsugaya is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Tōshirō Hitsugaya Bleach, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion, Bleach: Memories of Nobody

30
73 71
Lloyd Asplund is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Lloyd Asplund Code Geass

31
65 64
Sora is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
-1457839622895 added Sora No Game No Life

32
120 141
Sakura Haruno is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Sakura Haruno Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom

33
45 21
Izuku Midorya is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
SophiaThompson added Izuku Midorya

34
75 84
Dr. Eggman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
liamsimpson added Dr. Eggman Sonic Underground, Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic X

35
42 46
Shion is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
MKS22 added Shion No. 6

The 7 Greatest (True) Johnny Depp Stories Ever Told

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47 55
Negi Springfield is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Negi Springfield Negima!?

37
38 21
Hōtarō Oreki is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
1516613443906 added Hōtarō Oreki Classic Literature Club

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37 20
Shizuku Mizutani is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
6666 added Shizuku Mizutani Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun, Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun

39
45 56
Kotomi Ichinose is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
shaurya-kapoor added Kotomi Ichinose Clannad

40
70 70
Hatori Sohma is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Hatori Sohma Fruits Basket

41
58 84
Videl (adult) is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
liamsimpson added Videl (adult)

42
67 69
Kurama is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Kurama Yu Yu Hakusho

The Most Mismatched TV Couples

43
29 45
Shiroe is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Jessica Lyn added Shiroe

44
19 11
Yuki Nagato is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Josiah Joestar Doran added Yuki Nagato The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

45
83 101
Ash Ketchum is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
mohammadakhlaq added Ash Ketchum Pokémon The Series: XY, Pokémon: Arceus and the Jewel of Life, Pokémon 4Ever

46
44 55
Shion Karanomori is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Shion Karanomori Psycho-Pass

47
47 59
Lettuce Midorikawa is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Lettuce Midorikawa Tokyo Mew Mew

48
21 51
Rika Shiguma is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
llshadowknightll added Rika Shiguma Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai

49
35 50
Kimihiro Watanuki is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Kimihiro Watanuki xxxHOLiC, Xxxholic: The Movie: A Midsummer Night's Dream

50
37 55
Joe Kido is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Nerdiest Anime Characters of All Time
Joe Kido Digimon Adventure